Patent & IP news for August 27, 2015

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post image BGH: not so fast, look-alike fasteners from

Whether features of a (usually three dimensional) sign that was formely protected by a patent can be the object of a valid trade mark registration has been the subject of quite a few decisions (see ...

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post image Thursday thingies from

This Kat was delighted to see that the 12th edition of the Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook is now published, though he was a little surprised to read about it online since he hasn't ...

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post image What the annual GDP revised data tells us from

When BEA released its advanced estimate of GDP last month, it also released its annual revisions. Those revisions go back to 1969 and include more data on Intellectual Property Products (IPP). First, the revisions. The ...

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post image R&D investment up in second estimate of 2Q 2015 GDP from

The U.S. grew faster last quarter than thought according to the second estimate of GDP data released this morning from BEA. In this latest estimate, GDP is up 3.7% in the second quarter ...

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Views from the Director's Office on Post-Grant Reviews by the PTAB from

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Under Secretary of Commerce Michelle Lee took the occasion of the release of the revised PTAB Guidances last Thursday to provide ...

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Before Apple collects a dime from Samsung, its first California case may already have fallen apart from

Apple's anti-Android/anti-Samsung patents are an endangered species in every jurisdiction in which they get challenged (and may soon be an extinct species in Europe), except for the Northern District of California, where Judge ...

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Did the proposal of McWhopper create consumer confusion? from

There's buzz about the BK proposal to create a
McWhopper, if only for a day.

Implicit is the idea it would be a
Hybrid of a Whopper and a Big Mac, which
Inherently are ...

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Eli Lilly v. Teva: District Court Applies the Federal Circuit's Recent Akamai Decision to Drug Method-of-Treatment Claim from

In 2014 I published an article entitled “Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place: How Limelight Compounds the Challenges Facing Biotechnology Innovators after Mayo and Myriad” (available here), which explained how Supreme Court’s ...

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Physician’s Instructions Constitute Direction and Control of Patients for Determining Divided Infringement Under Akamai from

Following a second bench trial, the court found that the defendant drug manufacturers induced infringement of plaintiff's chemotherapy drug patent because all steps of the claimed methods could be attributed to physicians. "[T]he ...

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Law Professors File Amicus Brief Supporting En Banc Rehearing of Ariosa v. Sequenom from

A group of 23 law professors, myself included, have filed an amicus brief in support of en banc rehearing of Ariosa v. Sequenom.

The brief is available here.

Adam Mossoff, a professor at George Mason ...

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Armors, Glory and... religion in a US trade mark clash from

 This GreeKat learns from the Washington Post that US-based sports apparel company, Under Armour, has initiated trade mark infringement proceedings against Armor&Glory;, a small company producing, in its own words, "inspirational apparel". At issue ...

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Global IP Community: Eventful Season For Career Changes from

The past few months have been eventful for career changes in the international intellectual property community. Here is a look at some of the changes in governments, international organisations, NGOs/academia, private sector and law ...

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Inline wins claim construction appeal at CAFC from

Judge Newman began the opinion:

Inline Plastics Corporation sued EasyPak, LLC for infringement
of United States Patent No. 7,118,003 (the
’003 patent) and No. 7,073,680 (the ’680 patent), directed
to tamper-resistant ...

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The first published claim:

An isolated bacterial cell of a photoautotrophic species, comprising a recombinant polynucleotide encoding a galactose transporter protein, wherein expression of the galactose transporter protein results in transport of glucose into the ...

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BIO and PhRMA File Amici Brief Urging En Banc Reconsideration of Ariosa v. Sequenom from

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) have jointly filed an amici brief curiae brief urging the Federal Circuit to grant en banc rehearing of Ariosa v. Sequenom ...

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Former Attorney General Ed Meese weighs in AGAINST patent reform from

From the Washington Times:

Ronald Reagan’s former attorney general Edwin Meese has joined a growing number of conservatives urging Congress not to pass proposed legislation changing America’s patent system.

link: http://www.washingtontimes ...

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